A Snapshot of the Tasmanian Dairy Industry
Tasmanian Dairy Industry
Increase in production
The Tasmanian dairy industry produced 883 million litres of milk from 434 dairy farms in 2015/16.
Over the past 10 years milk production in the Tasmanian Dairy Industry has continued to grow at an average rate of close to 5%pa. There has been a 43% increase in production compared to a national decrease of 4%. Tasmania is the only State of Australia to show growth. This is based around sustainable farm management practices, efficient on farm production systems and a relatively favourable climate for pasture based dairy farming..
The Tasmanian dairy industry produced a record 891 million litres of milk off approximately 440 dairy farms in 2015/16. Tasmania now produces over 9% of the nation’s milk.Tasmania Dairy Delivers
The Tasmanian industry has the potential to development further with a more effective cost of production, favourable climate and in continued access to water for irrigation, land for new dairy development and recent expansions in milk processing capacity . There is scope for investment in current dairy farms, for new dairy farm conversions and for additional processing capacity.
Recent investments by Murray Goulburn and Lion Dairy and Drinks have been significant for the industry and a number of smaller operators have also invested. Each year, Dairy Australia surveys a proportion of Tasmania's dairy farmers as part of Situation and Outlook. This factsheet outlines the some of the results of the 2016 survey. For information on the latest report check the Dairy Australia website at:dairyaustralia.com.au/Markets-and-statistics